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McCain chokes up on Senate floor remembering Col. ‘Bud’ Day

“I'm going to miss him terribly,” McCain said of the Medal of Honor recipient. “Even though Bud had reached advanced years, for some reason I could never imagine Bud yielding to anything. Tough old bird that he was, I always thought that he would outlive us all.”

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Day, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, died Saturday at the age of 88 after a long illness. 

McCain recalled how Day and another POW, Norris Overly, had nursed him back to health while the three shared a cell in 1967.

Day “saved my life,” McCain said, calling him “the bravest man I ever knew.”

“He's gone now,” McCain said, choking back tears, “to a heaven I expect he imagined would look like an Iowa cornfield in early winter filled with pheasants. 

I will miss Bud every day for the rest of my life. But I will see him again. I know I will,” he said.